Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


December 19, 2012

Obituaries, Wednesday, December 10, 2012

GLASGOW — Francis Marion Bennett III

RICHMOND – Francis Marion Bennett III (Frank), 83, died unexpectedly, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at the Richmond Place Rehabilitation Center, after a brief illness.

A native of Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late John C.F. and Foster Taliaferro Bennett. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack, Billy and James Bennett.

He spent seven years of his childhood with his family in Puerto Rico before attending Virginia Episcopal School and graduating from Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Va. He attended The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., before volunteering to join the armed forces in Korea. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during the Battle for the Punchbowl in North Korea on Sept. 11, 1951. After a nine-month recovery in a military hospital, Mr. Bennett started his career with Commercial Solvents in Horse Cave, Ky.

His long career included positions in Lexington, St. Louis, Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., Naugatuck, Conn., and Glasgow. For the last 20 years of his career, he was President and CEO of Southern Explosives Corporation, Glasgow, and afterwards retired to Lexington.

Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue Barbara Gaines Bennett; his daughter, Kay Foster Bennett Saffari (Behnam Saffari); his son, Frank Gaines Bennett (Jill Peterson Bennett); and four grandchildren, Cyrus Saffari, Susie Saffari, Katherine Bennett and Francis Marion Bennett IV.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street, Lexington, and from 10 to 12 noon Friday, Dec. 21, at Ramsey Funeral Home in Lancaster, Ky.

The funeral will be at 12 noon Friday at Ramsey Funeral Home, with burial immediately after in Lancaster Cemetery. The family requests donations to the U.S. Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment in lieu of flowers.

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